Penciller: Steve McNiven
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colourist: Morry Hollowell
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
What's it about?
A group of young heroes accidentally kill themselves and 600 civilians. This alarms the government who introduce the Superhuman Registration Act - everyone with powers must register with the government and become paid operatives of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you don't comply, you'll be arrested and charged with treason.
This Act splits the heroes. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk and others are in support of the Act. Most of the X-Men, Captain America, Nick Fury and others oppose it. As the supporters are hired to bring in those that don't comply, the opposing faction go underground.
The book builds on and references other key events in the Marvel universe but you don't need to know about these to read it. The other events are used to build the case for the Act and explore the moral quandary that the Marvel universe finds itself in. The supporters believe registration is necessary to ensure new heroes are adequately trained and to ensure a measure of accountability. The opposers believe that heroes shouldn't be beholden to government (what if government fucks up?) and that registration puts their loved ones at risk.